Zaya Helen is an emerging visual artist who utilizes painting, video, and artistic activism as a means of expression and personal resolution. Raised in the melting pot that is Franklin Township, she was immersed and surrounded by rich diverse cultures and people who helped her view the world from a very inclusive and accepting perspective, ultimately informing her practice. Zaya was selected to be Art in the Atrium’s scholar in 2017, an organization founded specifically to provide a venue for African American artists to show their work. Her work was featured in their annual exhibit, Lift Every Voice. She is currently creating, living and working in her hometown of Somerset, NJ.